Gina Gambony

Host/Producer of Communique, Outreach, & Pinch-Hitter

Gina Gambony hosts and produces Communique, WHQR's weekday interview segment. Communique can be heard weekdays on 91.3 at 8:50am & 4:44pm and on 92.7 at Noon. Gina has been a member of WHQR since 1998 and began hosting Classical Music, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered  for the station in 2013.

Gina earned her B.A. with Honors in Philosophy & Religion after studying at University of North Carolina Wilmington and completing a year of advanced study at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Philosophy Institute (Belgium). She is also a certified English and Social Studies teacher for secondary students. Prior to working at WHQR, Gina spent her time primarily in the non-profit realm, including Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts (Director of Education & Outreach), UNCW Office of Cultural Arts (Director of House/Audience Services), Corvallis Arts Council (Teaching Artist & Arts Integration Specialist), and Dreams of Wilmington (Teaching Artist). She also taught for Cape Fear Community College, plus English and Drama in local middle schools. In 2010, she brought the first large-scale puppet festival to Wilmington as the Director of the Port City Puppet Festival, which earned the designation as the #1 Arts Event in 2010 by Wilmington Star News. Gina is a co-director and founder of Wilmington's first theatre company for people with developmental disabilities: Theatre for All! 

Gina has used her voice for commercials, cartoons, storytelling, puppetry, and theatrical productions since childhood. She's delighted to use the skills and experience acquired through her work in public service and the arts to be a part of the WHQR team. She won 2nd place in KCRW Santa Monica's International 24-Hour Radio Race in 2016 in her independent audio enterprise. You can listen to her winning piece here

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Two notable musical events are happening in Wilmington this weekend: Friday at 7:00, the Cape Fear Jazz Society holds its 20th Anniversary Gala at Brooklyn Arts Center; on Saturday at 7:30, the new Wilmington Music Festival presents its premiere concert at Thalian Hall.   

Journalist and actor Clifton Truman Daniel provides a unique picture of his grandfather, President Harry Truman, in the one-man show Give 'Em Hell, Harry by playwright Samuel Gallu. Performances are at Thalian Hall this weekend: Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday in the Stein Theatre, and Friday on the Main Stage.  

Have you heard all sides of the story about offshore drilling? On Tuesday, October 17, two experts will talk about the subject from two different angles: John Hofmeister, former President of Shell Oil Company, promotes off-shore drilling, while Jean-Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society, argues against it.

James Bowling

In the 1980s, comedians Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney wrote and performed Parallel Lives. Wilmington actor Susan Auten is producing this comic piece under the banner of her new theatre company, Keepin’ On Productions. The show is onstage at the Cape Fear Playhouse Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm + Sundays at 3:00 through October 15. 

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You are invited to a funeral for words...specifically: hypocrite, racist, sexist, normal, slut, evil, truth, miscegenation, click bait, deserve, and obviously. The Museum of Dead Words by Dyalekt is at the Wabi Sabi Warehouse on Friday & Saturday, 10/6 & 7.  

Wilmington New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash just published his third book: The Last Ballad. He's traveling around the region to talk about this tale based on historical incidents in Gastonia, North Carolina. Cash and his wife, Mallory, hold a reception at WHQR on Friday, 10/6 at 7:00pm. 

Listen to Wiley Cash talk about this book above and read our extended interview below.

Concertmaster Beverly Andrews brings a string quartet from the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra's Youth Orchestra. This intimate and casual concert features music and discussion with the performers. Friday, October 6 at Noon in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery. Bring your lunch if you like; we'll have refreshments!

This event is free and reservation is not required. 

Monty's Home

We've all met a misbehaved dog. Unfortunately, untrained dogs often end up in shelters...and most will be euthanized. Barbara Raab works to save these animals through training...in prison.

The Bellamy Mansion is holding a very fancy dinner at an unlikely spot: the Dudley Mansion. This fundraiser is on Friday, October 13, featuring 5 courses prepared by Dean Neff and Bud Taylor, dessert by Lydia Clopton, 2 signature cocktails, and wine pairings throughout. 

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Humanity Now: Direct Refugee Relief presents a slideshow and discussion about the ongoing refugee crisis in Greece. This free presentation is this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at UNCW’s King Hall. 

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Opera Wilmington is preparing for its next big production by keeping the talent busy with a few intimate performances. This Sunday, October 1, a dozen singers will gather to present a night of Italian food, wine, and music: A Night in Italy.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm at Osteria Cicchetti in Monkey Junction.  

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Work by artists Mary Zio and Anne Trombetta hangs in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery throught October 27. Listen to Anne Trombetta talk about her work above, and see our extended conversation below.

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The Sarus Festival is in its 6th incarnation; this weekend is the Sarus Fall Equinox Retreat. Yoga, meditation, drum circles, wiggle therapy and more public exercises are ongoing, and a performance of The Invisibility Project is Saturday evening at Riverfront Park. 

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Not just one party--the Coastal Land Trust is throwing 2 parties for its 25th anniversary: Saturday, 9/23 at Poplar Grove & Saturday, 9/30 at Tryon Palace. After saving 100 square miles of land in North Carolina from development (so far), co-founders Camilla Herlevich & Michael Murchison say there's a lot to celebrate. 

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International Concert Pianist Barry Salwen is kicking off the Rush Hour Concert Series at Kenan Auditorium Tuesday night (9/19) at 6:30pm. We had a chance to speak to Salwen and hear him play when he was our special guest at A Little Lunch Music this month. Kristin Brogdon, Director of the UNCW's Office of the Arts, was also there.

Les Leopold

Les Leopold is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Labor Institute in New York. He's also the author of 4 books and is a frequent contributor to outlets like The Huffington Post, Truthout, and Alternet. Leopold is speaking in Wilmington at ILA Union Hall on Tuesday, 9/19 at 7:00pm and at DeLoach Hall at UNCW on Wednesday, 9/20 at  5:30pm.

Tim Arroyo

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra kicks off this year's Masterworks Series this weekend, featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Lalo's Cello Concerto. The concert also has a special guest: Cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, who recently won the Annual Sphinx Music Competition in Detroit. 

Oakdale Cemetery

The community is invited to Oakdale Cemetery this Sunday - not to become a resident - but to discover and experience the architecture in a whole new way with the Music and Mausoleums Tour. Hear details of this strangely romantic afternoon from Ed Turberg and Julie Rehder above and find an extended transcript of the interview below.

Qaadir Hicks

This photo is Qaadir Hicks, one of dozens of dancers who will be onstage for Retro Fusion & Illusion,  the fall dance extravaganza by Forward Motion Dance in collaboration with other studios and artists. The show is September 15-16, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 at Thalian Hall. Listen to Director/Choreographer Tracey Varga and guest artist Liz White above; extended transcript below.

Alicia Inshiradu

Alicia Inshiradu has been working on a film for 18 years: What the River Knows. This year, Alicia received a grant to produce an excerpt of the work. It's a historical narrative-and a ghost story-inspired by the 1898 coup d'etat in Wilmington, North Carolina. Listen to Alicia talk about the film above; find details about the fundraiser, and an extended conversation, below.  

Youtube Evensong

Last season, Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) invited Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled to town. The big story then was that Peled was playing Pablo Casals' cello. 

Big Dawg Productions

The Hermit of Fort Fisher, Robert Harrill, remains a popular figure 45 years after his death. Big Dawg Productions is putting the story of his life onstage for the fourth time...the show will be presented at Cape Fear Playhouse through September 24 and at Brunswick Little Theater in October. I spoke with Director Steve Vernon about the lasting interest in the Hermit and changes we'll see in this year's production. Listen above and read our extended conversation below.

Amit Peled

Attention all string players and string lovers! Renown cellist Amit Peled and his Peabody Cello Gang will be at WHQR this Sunday to conduct a masterclass and to lead a String Jam. All strings are welcome. You can reserve your seat below (space is most limited for the masterclass portion). This free event begins this Sunday, 9/10 at 2:00 at WHQR on Front Street. 

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Paul D'Angelo is the Chair of the Cape Fear Housing Coalition. His passion for affordable housing inspired him to create The Real Households of North Carolina tour, an event on Saturday, September 9 that will bring participants in contact with 8 affordable homes and the organizations that made them possible. Listen to Paul talk about the event above, and read our extended conversation below.

Erik Maasch

You know the story of Peter Pan-Wendy, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the crocodile, and all the rest...but you may not know how the story began. Opera House Theatre Company presents a play that will answer all your curiosities: Peter and the Starcatcher, adapted from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (definitely a comedy). The show won 5 Tony Awards (and a heap of other awards) after its premiere in 2011. 

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Tidal Creek Coop and Whole Foods Market are natural competitors...they both sell food and products to health conscious consumers. But this week, Tidal Creek is encouraging everyone-including its members-to go to Wine Down Wednesday at Whole Foods. That's because these two grocers are working together to raise money to purchase and install a Reverse Osmosis (RO) water filtration machine at Dreams of Wilmington. On Wednesday, August 30, 6pm-8pm, Wine Down Wednesday offers 5 food/wine pairing samples at Whole Foods for $5--and all the money is going to this RO project. 

Mark Bannerman

The exhibit Ocean and Earth at WHQR's MC Erny Gallery features the art of Mark Bannerman and Alex Walker. The Closing Reception for the exhibit is Friday, August 25, 6:00pm-9:00pm; both artists will attend. Listen to the artists talk about their work above.  

The exhibit exits the gallery on September 8th.

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Join us on Friday, September 1 at Noon at WHQR for a casual lunchtime mini-concert. Our special guest this month is international concert pianist Barry Salwen. He'll play music by Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, Johann Strauss, and Fanny Mendelssohn-and answer audience questions. What better way to spend your lunch? Speaking of lunch, feel free to bring yours. We'll have some sweets and tea as well. 

Healthy Living NC/SummerFest

It's time for the 2nd annual SummerFest, the free festival that celebrates and promotes healthy living. It's happening at Battleship Park this Saturday, 8/26, 9:30am-4:30pm. You won't find any soda or fried food, but there will be many other things to eat-and do. There are three main aspects of this festival: the vendors, the Singer/Songwriter Showcase, and the International Street Food Challenge.

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Art in Bloom Gallery in downtown Wilmington is displaying an art double feature, two collaborative exhibits. One of these is Making Masks, a collection of masks created by wood artist, Dave Klinger, and painter/collage artist, Elizabeth Darrow. It's a whimsical exhibit, featuring 26 masks that came into existence without clear intention by the artists--instead, they surprised each other (and themselves) throughout the creation. The Closing Reception for the exhibit is this Friday, August 25, which is 4th Friday Gallery Walk, 6:00pm-9:00pm.   

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